Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum History

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu 加藤栄三・東一記念美術館, 岐阜

The Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum is located in Gifu Park (Gifu Koen) in Gifu city, at the foot of Mt. Kinka, close to both the Nawa Insect Museum and Gifu City Museum of History.

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu
Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
The Kato brothers, Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum History

The Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum was established in 1991 and is dedicated to the work of the local nihonga-style painters Eizo (1906-1972) and Toichi Kato (1916-1996).

The brothers, the third and fifth sons of a local lacquerware worker, both studied at the Tokyo Fine Arts School in Ueno, Tokyo, before going on to have successful careers as painters.

Both drew inspiration for their work from flowers and also the wildlife and nature of Gifu Prefecture, in particular the cormorants of the Nagara River and Mt. Kinka.

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu
Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Reconstructed Rakuichi stores, Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum Exhibits

The Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum is on one floor which includes the permanent exhibition of the brothers' work and a second exhibition troom, which is used for temporary exhibitions by local artists and crafts people including calligraphy.

The work on display highlights the superb rendentions of still-life flowers by the brothers.

Some of the paintings are framed in the arching shape of traditional Japanese fans and Japanese screens (byobu).

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Tulips, Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu
Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Irises, Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum Access

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum
1-46 Omiya-cho
Gifu City, Gifu Prefecture
500-8003
Tel: 058 264 6410
Hours: 9am-5pm; closed Monday or the next day if Monday is a national holiday. Closed December 28-January 3.

Admission to Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum is 300 yen for adults and 150 yen for elementary and junior high school students.

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum is located north east of JR Gifu Station. Take a bus from JR Gifu Station and alight at the Gifukoen Rekishihakubutsukan-mae stop. The bus fare is 210 yen for adults; 100 yen for children.

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum is close to the Nawa Insect Museum, the Gifu Daibutsu in Shohoji Temple and the Gifu City Museum of History.

Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu, Japan.
Temporary calligraphy exhibition, Kato Eizo-Toichi Memorial Art Museum, Gifu

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